BIC 2019: how to enter

How to enter the Book Illustration Competition 2019

How to create your entry

Once you have read Howl's Moving Castle and are ready to start making your illustrations and binding, you will need to follow the competition's very specific instructions. 

It is important you read through the following downloads carefully before starting on your entry:

Binding and illustration instructions
Binding template
Example binding and illustration PDF (using illustrations and a binding design from The Folio Society's 2014 edition of Treasure Island illustrated by Sterling Hundley)


The judges are looking for your unique interpretation of the book. Originality is as important as talent and technique. Your entry must be based on your response to the novel, not on any existing visual interpretations.

Entry fee

Standard entry: £25. Student entry: £15.

Make your payment here.

Please note that you will be asked for your webstore confirmation code in your application form. This is the number displayed under the 'price paid' in your confirmation email, e.g.#ZHFG-28391.  You will also need to attach your payment confirmation email to the email containing your application.

We advise that you make the payment well in advance of submitting your application to avoid any last-minute technical issues.

How to submit your entry

Read the Terms and conditions

Send your application in one email to with the title 'Your Name BIC 2019'

This email must include: 

- A completed application form (download it from the bottom of this page), saved as a word document or PDF with the title 'YourName_application_form'

- Your binding design, three illustrations and three captions in a single PDF titled 'YourName_illustrations_binding'. This PDF must not contain your name elsewhere. It must not exceed 3MB. See the Example binding and illustration PDF for how to format this. 

- Your webstore confirmation email

PDFs over 3MB will not be considered.

Competiton deadline: 9am GMT on Tuesday 8 January 2019

Please do not post your entry to your own website/blog/social media until the longlist is announced on 1 February 2019, so our judges can judge the competition anonymously.

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